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Letter of appeal to the human rights community

14 February 2014, 16:48 Akinlolu, Abdulazeez Adelaja

I hereby, appeal to the Chairman, House Committee on Human Rights and the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission to officially acknowledge the receipt of the petition I mailed separately to the two bodies. I did call the House Committee Secretary, Mr. Ado Abdul Sule (08065276836) earlier to inquire about the processes involved in submitting public petitions to the committee. He asked me to mail the petition to the National Human Rights Commission and also mailed the same petition to the committee.

I have duly mailed the petition along with all relevant documents to the House Committee on Human Rights and the Zonal South West Office of the National Human Rights Commission via DHL EXPRESS. The Sworn Affidavit was accompanied with a cover letter in each case explaining my complaints and prayers. I equally provided my email for official acknowledgement of the receipt of the petition. The mails were appropriately delivered. I called the phone number (08054707559) provided on the Zonal South West Office of the National Human Rights Commission and I was told verbally that the mail was received. He did ask about my prayers in the petition to which I clearly explained that they were already provided in the petition.  Similarly, I sent a text message and also called Mr. Ado Sule and he confirmed verbally that the mail was received. I did appeal to him that I would appreciate if the receipt of the mail is officially acknowledged.

The official acknowledgement of a public petition makes it clear to the petitioner that the presented case would be looked into. Similarly, the petitioner should be provided with information on progress being made on the petition. We must begin to show our citizens that they are duly respected and counted worthy by agencies established to protect their rights. This is the only way other nationals would begin to respect us and the culture of impunity would gradually become a thing of the past in our polity.

I have lived in the United States of America for few years and my rights were never violated even as an international student. However, right in my homeland, my fundamental human rights were not only trampled upon but grossly violated and sustained with an orchestrated blackmail. The observed anomalies have continued without being resolved. This is the basis for appealing to the House Committee on Human Rights and the National Human Rights Commission to come to my aid and help protect my rights as a Nigerian citizen. Once again, I appeal to the two bodies to officially acknowledge the receipt of my petition and also act appropriately to investigate my complaints.

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